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they gotten in the way of her job before? would they get in the way if elected president? abc's jon karl has the doctor's not tonight and more on the controversy. jon? >> reporter: good evening, david. well, here is the doctor's note that michele bachmann has released today. it comes from the in-house doctor here in congress and it gives her a clean bill of health. the letter from the top doctor in congress says bachmann has had extensive evaluations. your migraines occur frequently. when you do have one, you are able to control it well. the issue was first raised monday be the daily caller website, which quoted anonymous sources saying bachmann suffers from incapacitating headaches. today, she was still facing questions. >> we released a statement on the issue. and as commander in chief, i'm going to make sure that we get our fiscal house in order. >> reporter: bachmann acknowledges occasional migraines. her campaign points out her packed schedule hasn't been affected a bit. but today, tim pawlenty, the republican candidate most threatened by bachmann's rise, pounced on the report. >> going
emanuel left the interview after being asked a question about his children. here's abc's jon karl tonight. >> reporter: newly elected m mor ram emanuel's famous hot temper was on display with a interview when he refused to answer a question about where his kids will go to school. >> mary ann, let me break the news to you. my children are not in a public position. the mayor is. and as long as i'm -- >> you don't think it will be news where they go to school? >> i think you will do that. but let me -- you are asking me a value statement, n n a policy. no, you have to approaeciate th. my children are not an instrument of me being mayor. my children are my children. >> reporter: political leaders, of course, have a right to family privacy just like everyone else. but the "where do your kids go to school" question is not a new one. last year, president obama was asked if his daughters would get as good an only case in a d.c. public school as they do in private school. >> i'll be blunt with you. the answer is no right now. the d.c. public school systems are struggling. >> reporter: look what ha
karl is in washington and has more on all this. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. there is no presidential candidate with more momentum right now than michele bachmann. ♪ my home in -- >> reporter: no republican presidential candidate has taken a harder line on the debt ceiling showdown than michele bachmann. >> we were all shocked and appalled that president obama dangled out in front of the cameras that senior citizens may not get their checks. that's a very dangerous statement to make. we don't believe -- excuse me. excuse me. we don't believe that for a moment. >> reporter: tough talk from bachmann is nothing new but she now speaks with new-found authority as a top tier contender for the republican presidential nomination. a new national poll puts bachmann firmly in second place as the leading challenger to front-runner mitt romney. and in key first caucus state iowa, three separate polls over the past week put bachmann in first place. >> republican primary voters are looking for somebody who has -- brings some excitement, who brings something different to t
taking on the astros. pujols, doubling down the right field line. jon jay, the founding father, he comes on home, cardinals out in front, 3-1. carlos lee, el caballo, he can hit, that's gone to left. astro, they go on to get the "w," 5-3 the final count. i'm c ochole wright, for the la on the sports scene check out the highlight express. >>> a grandma cheering them on from the sidelines, she's not related to any of them this. is susie sanchez, the newest member of the team's cheerleading squad. >> sanchez is 37, a mother of three and grandmother of one, pretty good-looking grandmother and it's been her lifelong dream to make the squad. finally this one, she made it. >> congratulations, i like to see that. age is a state of mind. >>> the stories we'll be following later including late night drama on capitol hill. will republicans bring their debt legislation to a vote today? stay with us. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers a superior level of
following overnight but democrats and republicans seem no closer to a deal. abc's jon karl is covering it from capitol hill. we are seeing fire from the house speaker. >> reporter: we sure are. this vote today on his debt ceiling plan is the highest-stakes vote of his term as speaker of the house, and he is doing everything he can to get those tea partyers in line. john boehner is now demanding republicans stand with their party. in a closed door meeting he had a stern message for tea partyers who just don't like his debt ceiling plan. boehner told them get your ass in line. sources at the meeting tell abc news, a day after another republican leader attempted to rally the troops with a clip from the movie "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is. you can never ask me about it later and we're going to hurt some people. >> which car are we going to ta take? >> reporter: allen west liked what he heard. >> i told him i would drive the car. >> they could have used "rudy," "hoosiers," "band of brothers" but this is the movie they decided on. >> reporter: maybe they can us
on the outcome. abc's jon karl joins us with the latest. what about it? how close are we finally to a deal? >> reporter: getting close to a deal. the outlines of this deal include up to $3 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years including some cuts to popular entitlement programs like medicare and social security, also, elizabeth, it would include a promise or a commitment that congress would bring more money in through tax revenues by reforming the code, closing some of those loopholes, something that congress would act on. >> that last one, isn't that basically a tax increase in disguise? >> well, certainly some will call it that. the rates won't go up. congress would have to act over the next year. if they didn't ago, automatic steps would be taken that both sides wouldn't like which would be tax hikes and spending cuts possibly talking about repealing part of the health care bill. >> even if president obama and speaker boehner reach a deal they have their own rank and file to make happy. i was struck by a comment by barbara mikulski. we heard reports of a trillion dollar cut
race than he was a few weeks ago. jon, we were talking earlier on the surface it seems like a few points shift but given the backdrop of this economy and unemployment it's pretty dramatic. >> and the factor seems to be the debt ceiling standoff. take a look at the numbers against mitt romney, the president last opened up a lead, a pretty significant lead you see there of 51% to 44%. the lead is even more dramatic against other other candidate. look where he was a month ago, mitt romney was tied with president obama. the big factor here, in fact, the only factor that has really changed is that independent voters have moved away from the republicans and towards the president. >> so independent voters watching the debt showdown and weighing in. >> reporter:s that sea exactly right and don't like the way the republicans have been handling it. >> speaking of the republicans you take a look at how they're stacking up with the race. a familiar name starting to inch up. >> romney is still the front-runner if you look at the republican field. but look who is number two, not even a candidat
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